Novak Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title after more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to win his fourth Wimbledon championship.
In the first two sets it was clear that Djokovic was the superior player and that Anderson was gassed from his six-hour semifinal. The Serbian broke Anderson four times in the first two sets including taking the opening game from Anderson in each. It wasn’t until the third set when Anderson finally got his legs under him and started to give Djokovic trouble. Anderson had five set points but wasn’t able to convert and in the tiebreak, it was Djokovic who came out victorious.
Anderson struggled to find his rhythm and movement in a slow start, unsurprising after spending almost 11 hours on court in his previous two matches, and lost serve again in the fifth game.
Djokovic is now in outright fourth place on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles, moving clear of Roy Emerson and closing the gap on Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).
He dominated the men’s game earlier this decade, holding the number one ranking for 223 weeks and completing a career Grand Slam when he claimed the title at Roland Garros two years ago.